Lincolnshire earthquake: 3.9 magnitude tremor felt near Grimsby, seismologists say

Quakes of this strength occur roughly every two years in UK

Tom Batchelor
Sunday 10 June 2018 01:07 BST
A map showing where the quake was felt by members of the public
A map showing where the quake was felt by members of the public (EMSC)

A 3.9 magnitude earthquake has struck Grimbsy, Lincolnshire, seismologists at the British Geological Society (BGS) have said.

The quake was detected at a depth of 11 miles at around 11.15pm on Saturday evening. No injuries were reported.

BGS said an earthquake of this strength occurs approximately every two years in the UK.

People living locally reported feeling “the whole house [shake] for a couple of seconds", while others said they "heard a rumble with a simultaneous trembling" or "thought it was a lorry crashing outside".

"Worldwide there are approximately 8000 events annually that are larger than the one that occurred in Lincolnshire," BGS said.

It comes nearly a decade after the 5.2-magnitude earthquake in Market Rasen, Lincolnshire, which was felt widely across England and Wales.

The largest earthquake this year took place in Cwmllynfell in south Wales on 17 February and registered a magnitude of 4.6.

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